County receives motorcycle ambulances – Kenya News Agency
Expectant moms in distant areas of Kajiado can now entry medical companies with some ease throughout childbirth following the introduction of bicycle ambulances.
The Eezer initiative and the County Authorities of Kajiado, by means of the ‘Collectively Collectively’ programme, are providing these “ambulances” as they search to offer transport companies to expectant moms from their houses to the hospital.
Talking whereas receiving 15 bike ambulances from the Eezer Initiative, Kajiado County Government Committee Member for Well being Alex Kilowua mentioned that the ambulances will assist cut back maternal and neonatal mortalities related to delayed responses to medical emergencies amongst pregnant moms.
Kilowua famous that the ambulances can be stationed at a number of the most rural amenities in Kajiado South, West, East, and Central sub-counties with the intention of transporting moms who’re about to present beginning to hospitals.
On his half, Eezer Initiative CEO Lars Klingsbor remarked that transporting ladies from residence to a clinic to obtain certified assist in an inexpensive and safe method is a good problem in lots of African nations, together with Kenya, resulting in excessive maternal deaths as a number of the ladies don’t attain the clinic in time.
He mentioned that their aim is due to this fact to develop protected and cost-effective transport options for pregnant moms and to have 3,000 bike ambulances in Africa by 2030.
Klingsbor mentioned that, in cooperation with the county authorities, they may have 10 Eezer motorbikes positioned in numerous places of the county within the subsequent two years.
“Although we’re working onerous to make an affect, the massive problem is that this county would wish one other 115 eezers motorbikes,” mentioned Klingsbor.
In accordance with the United Nations Populations Fund Kenya (UNFPA), the variety of ladies dying of pregnancy-related causes stands at 355 deaths per 100,000 stay births in Kenya.
Which means there are practically 500 ladies and women dying yearly because of being pregnant and childbirth issues, given the present variety of births.
Over 80 per cent of maternal deaths are attributed to poor high quality of care although many ladies survive with extreme morbidity together with obstetric fistula and psychological well being issues.
By Diana Meneto